Save the Children Malawi

Fairfield, CT, USA   |   Non profit

Project Name
Tiwerenge Ndi Ana Athu (TiANA)

Location Implemented
Zomba District, Malawi

Organization Website

Organization Type
Non profit

A 2010 Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) study found that 72 percent of grade 2 learners in Malawi could not read commonly used words in Chichewa. This has been attributed to a variety of causes including over-crowded classrooms, limited or non-availability of teaching and learning materials at school and at home, inadequate instruction time for reading, lack of awareness about the role of parents and community in children’s learning, and teachers’ limited professional skills for teaching early grade reading.

TiANA will accelerate children’s acquisition of reading in 20 schools in the Zomba district through promoting cost-effective, community-driven extra-curricular reading activities using low-cost community-generated reading materials. TiANA will also train non-literate parents on simple activities they can do at home to improve their children’s language and oral vocabulary skills.

Project Reach
The intervention of TiANA Project conducted in Namadidi and St Anthony Education Zones in Traditional Authority Mlumbe, Zomba Rural district, Malawi brought a huge impact on learners reading skills. Learners improved their reading skills within one and half years of project implementation. Key to the success are teacher trainings which proved to be of much importance as they refreshed the teachers with the five core reading skills (letter knowledge, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension). The trainings enabled them to teach literacy lessons with ease especially in lower grades of 1 to 4 and this subsequently led to an improvement in learners’ abilities in reading and writing. Teachers themselves reported that the training sessions assisted them effectively teach reading because they helped them develop skills on how they can approach the teaching of phonemic awareness, letter knowledge, reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Through teacher lesson observations conducted by experienced teacher supervisors (Teacher trainers, Primary Education Advisors and SCI Staff) the teaching of literacy was seen to have improved as seen from the figure below. In learner performance, the percentage of learners who were able to read accurately improved from baseline to end line in 2013/14 school session as seen in the table below. Note that at baseline only 13.5% (12% boys and 15% girls) were able to read with fluency in Chichewa and in English it was only 1% (0 boys and 2% girls). At end line there are significant improvements. In total 43% (32% boys and 54% girls) of learners were able to read with fluency in Chichewa and 18% (12% boys and 24% girls) in English.

Ministry of Education and the Zodiac Broadcasting Company
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